Netflix’s The Outsider is the generic Jared Leto yakuza thriller no one wanted

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Apparently, Netflix’s algorithm has identified a sizable chunk of viewers who are curious about Japanese yakuza, or gangster, movies but unwilling to watch anything that doesn’t star a recent Oscar winner. That’s the most plausible explanation for The Outsider, in which Jared Leto anchors what is otherwise, beat for…

American Crime Story is starting to go in circles

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As The Assassination Of Gianni Versace winds down toward the end of its season, there is a lesser sense of urgency present throughout. “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” was the clear highlight of season two and these last two episodes—ugh, titled “Descent” and “Ascent”—haven’t quite succeeded in keeping up the momentum. Neither…

The Magicians sing their troubles away for the day

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The Magicians has been finding ways all season to play with one of the most ancient storytelling tropes of all: the heroic quest. Whether it’s a quest that turns into the actual personification of depression or one that lets the show get incredibly inventive with structure, as with last week’s “Six Short Stories about…

More New York Times corrections should be about the economic troubles of Snake People

Corrections on a news article are rarely ever fun; considering that they’re admissions that someone—probably multiple someones—fucked up on the way to bringing a piece to readers’ eyes, they typically try to walk the line between terse and apologetic. But not always; sometimes a mistake is so weird, or so delightful,…

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Rick And Morty would like you to know about Logic's new mixtape

It’s no surprise that Rick And Morty’s Rick Sanchez is up on his modern music—this is the guy who wrote “Get Schwifty,” after all. Hence, presumably, a new video posted by rapper Logic today, in which Rick (Justin Roiland, yelling at himself as usual) schools his grandson Morty on the differences between “album Logic”…

Amazon confirms that some Alexa units have begun creepily laughing for no goddamn reason

Look, we’ll be the first to admit that online writers can get a little “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” about the upcoming robot apocalypse. Just because robotics engineers have taught their creepy little charges fundamentally human tasks like opening doors, writing bad movie scripts, or brushing off Piers Morgan, doesn’t…